Event Descriptions


Kingston Curl

A Conversation on Black Hair Care

Thursday January 26th

6-8:30pm PRJG4002

After popular demand, we will be hosting a workshop lead by creator of Treasure Tress Curl Box, and leading hair blogger Hair is Simba. Attendees will learn tips for managing relaxed and natural hair, protective styles and much more. Live demonstrations, gift boxes (while supplies last), and open discussion will be included. Attendees must stay to the end of the event to recieve gift boxes.

Examining Black Identity

Wednesday February 1st

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

In this event, we will be looking at the nuances of black identity and who collectively fits into the identification of “Black.” This event will examine how culture, complexion, religion, and other factors influence our understanding and will be co-facilitated by the Living Word Society.

Sexuality, Race, and the Politics of Identity Erasure

Thursday February 2nd  

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

This event will be an open facilitated discussion of attitudes towards homosexuality in the black community. Key topics of discussion include the erasure of accomplishments, identity, and the separation of sexuality and race from black LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Say My Name, Say My Name Politics of Ethnic Names & Self Identification

Wednesday February 8th

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

This event will address the societal stereotypes of ethnic names and examine what individuals of different ethnicities would prefer the world to identify them as instead of “BME” or Black, Minority, Ethnic.

 Women in Business

Thursday February 9th

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

A panel discussion with the leading black women in public relations, make up, and hair care. Items for discussion will include tips for entrepreneurial minded students, the hardships and success of business, and how has race impacted the journey of success.

The Big Black Read: The Color Purple- Facilitated Discussion & Film Screening

Wednesday, February 15th

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

Following on from the success of the KU Big Read, this event will be a discussion facilitated with students exploring the themes of feminism, identity, religion, and ethnicity written by Alice Walker  followed by the screening of The Color Purple.

Double Standards in Dating

Thursday, February 16th

6-8:30pm PRJG3004

This facilitated discussion will examine the double standards in dating in the black community with highlighted topics including interracial dating, permitted sexual partners based on gender, and premarital sex based on gender and religion.

“Black is the Same Black” Stanley Picker Gallery

February 21st-25th 

This installation is aimed at challenging viewers and participants in the art world to edit perceptions of black bodies in a museum setting while questioning the lack of knowledge and representation of black and LGBT identities in the peculiar institutions we regard as containers for contemporary art. Through the themes of black as a subject and artist, visual artists created work exploring themes of ethnicity, sexuality, culture, and identity.

Black &LGBT Identities in Art

Wednesday, February 22nd

6-8:30pm Stanley Picker Gallery

This facilitated discussion will explore topics such as, the peculiar institutions of gallery & museum, along with the biased representation of subject and artist in relation to race, sexuality, and identity.

Black Joy Series: Black Womens & Mens Networks

Thursday, February 23rd

6-8:30pm PRJG 3003 & 3004

A collaborative event with Student Unions across the UK, this will be a safe space network for those who define as ethnically black to learn, bond, release and grow while discussing themes of mental health, community bonding, dating, and self care. 

90’s Party

Friday February 24th

6-9pm Location TBC

With live performances from the Kingston University Dance Society, a lip syncing contest and a quiz to test your knowledge on 90’s music, this event is the culminating celebration event of Black History Month and one you don’t want to miss.  Participants are encouraged to wear 90’s themed clothing.

Any questions about Black History Month? Want to be more involved? Contact: 

Beatrice.Carey@kingston.ac.uk (Knights Park Officer lead on Academic Affairs)

or P.J.Tatarian@kingston.ac.uk (Roehampton Vale Officer lead on Student Welfare)